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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James River & Kanawha Canal

 
 
James River & Kanawha Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. James River & Kanawha Canal Marker
Inscription. In its peak years the canal employed 75 deck boats, 66 open boats, 54 batteaux, 6 passenger or packet boats, 425 horses, and 900 men.

"The batteaux...charmed my young eyes more than all the gondolas of Venice." George William Bagby, c. 1830

In addition to commercial barges and batteaux, passenger boats, called "packets," ran along the James River and Kanawha Canal between Richmond and Lynchburg. At night, the lower deck was divided into two sleeping compartments - one for men and one for women - but some chose to remain above and contemplate the stars.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 31.997′ N, 77° 26.011′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and South 14th. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between S 14th Street and Virginia Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canal Walk / Historic Canals (within shouting distance of this marker); Use of Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco District (within
New Turning Basin image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. New Turning Basin
shouting distance of this marker); African Americans and the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Burnt District (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington’s Vision (within shouting distance of this marker); Pipeline Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tidewater Connection Locks (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond’s Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Packet Boat image. Click for full size.
Apr 1865
3. Packet Boat
Richmond, Virginia. Canal basin. (Burnt district and Capitol building in background)Library of Congress [LC-B815- 947]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 879 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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